Church vs Henry vs Becket
-Everyone is happy and says it's a good idea, however, he immediately comes into conflict with the church. Because they are governed by canon law. So Henry had to deal with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ranking church official of England. He said that it didn't apply to the church because of the clergy. Henry didn't agree, he said that if they violate the church laws, they can punish him, but if he violates one of my laws, then I get to punish him. This is a theoretical discussion UNTIL a priest murders a little girl. Needless to say, he wants him arrested in his court and the punishment was death, the church said that it was obviously a bad thing, but they will deal with him and have no death penalty, he will say prayers and tell god hes sorry. Henry then says this is no longer theoretical this is real, so he wants the priest tried in his court. In the midst of this fight, the Archbishop dies.
- Henry has a friend named Thomas a Becket, he is a priest, but, he and Henry have been friends for years. So Henry appoints Becket as the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now, he thinks that the Archbishop will now always side with HIM, BUT RIGHT AS HE IS ALREADY APPOINTED, Becket says im sorry I can only side with one master and that is god and the church. HENRY IS PISSSSED.
- Thomas leaves England and is hailed as a hero everywhere he goes because he stood up for the church. Henry gets madder and madder and madder. Henry 's feelings are very hurt. One night, Henry is really drunk and is talking to his knights and say "WIL NO ONE RID ME OF THIS MEDDLESOME PRIEST." The knights take this as instruction and rides to Canturbury castle and they come and kill him. So he is dead and Henry is sobered up and says oh my god I never inteded for that to happen. Now Henry looks terrible. Thomas is now made a saint. The church then claims that he should be punished. So to say hes sorry, he is publicly flagged and shows that the church has more power.